Research Reports - Impact of diagnosis threat on academic self-efficacy in mild traumatic brain injury

J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 2013 Nov;35(9):960-70

Trontel HG, Hall S, Ashendorf L, O'Connor MK

The current study examined the effect of diagnosis threat on self-efficacy and
neuropsychological performance in mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). Forty-nine
participants with a history of mild TBI were randomized to a diagnosis threat or
control group. The diagnosis threat group were told they were selected based on
their history of TBI, while control group participants were told to perform their
best. Individuals in the diagnosis threat group reported significantly lower
academic self-efficacy than control participants. The groups performed
differently on only one neuropsychological measure. These results suggest that
diagnosis threat may have a greater impact on psychological factors than on
cognitive performance.

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